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Mi Raza: Portrait of a Family


Publication date 1972
Mi Raza is a documentary film about a working class Mexican-American family living in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago during the early 1970s. Three generations of the Navarro family respond differently to the pressures of assimilation and acculturation, dealing with the stresses of maintaining their cultural heritage in the face of the dominant Anglo society. Along with the charged relations with the outside world, the film captures the personal details of the Navarro family life, bringing an extraordinary intimacy to the film. A newly restored 16mm preservation print of the film was made possible by the National Film Preservation Foundation (NFPF). Previously the only remaining print of the film suffered form a technical problem in which the sound and image were out of sync. The grant provided by the NFPF allowed for the creation of a new print and video copy, restoring the film and making this piece of living history available again for the first time in over 30 years. From our Paul Hockings Collection.

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